Friday, January 15, 2016

When Logic Wins

So we changed our minds about Florida.  Go figure.  We had priced everything out and by the time we got the flights we wanted (ie not arriving at 1 am) and the room we wanted (an ocean view!) it became so expensive.  It was cheaper to book as a package deal on Travelocity or the like, but those deals required you to pay basically the full price upfront, which was a hefty sum.  We could have done it, but I just kept getting stuck at checkout, ogling that final number and knowing it was just the beginning.  There would be a car rental or other transportation (shuttle, cab), food, drinks, resort fees. We opted out of the cruise because it would have been too expensive, and this wouldn't have been a hugely cheaper option!

We ended up waving goodbye to our dreams of Clearwater Beach and saying hello to a more budget-friendly, local excursion.  It's not white sands and waves, but it will be MUCH cheaper (by more than half) for this girl trying to pay off her debt.  :-)  I plan to send some of the money I was originally allocating for the more expensive trip to my credit card because every little bit helps!

After less discussion and research than expected, we settled on the Poconos.  Does anyone go to the Poconos anymore? I  don't even know.  :-)  But we're going, and I'm actually feeling pretty good about it.  We're renting a chalet in mid-February from a Thursday to a Sunday.  The place is super cute- 4BR, 2 Bath, Fireplace with an outdoor fire pit and a hot tub.  It's an area I've never been to and it's about 4 hours away according to Google Maps.  We are also considering a pit stop in Hershey either on the way there or back since it's on the same route.  Hershey is such a cute little town, and who doesn't love a place that smells like chocolate all the time?!

So yeah, there will be no beach lounging, no fruity drinks at the Tiki Bar, no breathtaking beach view from our hotel.  But there will be more money in our pockets, and we've vowed to go somewhere really lovely for our honeymoon one day to make up for all the little trips we take when we really want to go somewhere more indulgent.  I fully admit to rather loving the little trips, too, though.  It was two years ago in May that we took our first trip to the Shenandoah Valley, where we stayed in a cute little cabin and where we also said "I love you" for the first time.  :-)

I'm glad to have something to look forward to so soon!  That trip will be a nice little belated 2 year anniversary/Valentine's Day escape for us.  We also have tickets to see Kathy Griffin on February 11th, which I'm super excited about!  Lots to look forward to in February, which is nice since it's always such a cold, dreary month.

Happy Friday!


  1. I think that little getaway sounds perfect! Hopefully it's nice and cold so you can cuddle and drink hot chocolate...maybe spiked with Baily's ;)

    1. I totally agree! I'm really looking forward to the fireplace and a hot tub experience where I won't be overheated almost immediately. :) Hot chocolate (and Bailey's!) sounds pretty amazing to me.